Trent University student receives prestigious Futures Fund Scholarship
Business Administration student is among 10 Canadians chosen as a "leader of tomorrow"
Fourth-year Trent University Business Administration student Riaz Kara has received a prestigious $5,000 Futures Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership from Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year award program.
The scholarship and accommodation and transportation to the November 25 Awards Gala in Toronto, was awarded to 10 Canadian university business students for exemplary leadership in their academic and extra-curricular initiatives. Trent University was among the 10 schools chosen to receive the scholarship for one of its students.
Mr. Kara, a native of Vancouver, was chosen as the recipient by Trent's Business Administration Program because of his strong academic standing and demonstrated leadership skills, says Dr. Jacqueline Muldoon, program director.
"Riaz has made a very strong contribution to both our program and the University. He exhibits strong leadership skills in the classroom, in student government and in outside extra-curricular activities."
Mr. Kara's application for the award details what he calls the recipe for a good corporate leader - sound judgement, versatile education and capabilities for out-of-the-box thinking. He's hoping his experience in the Business Administration Program and in extracurricular activities, which include student cabinet positions, time as a student don and involvement in intramural sports, will help him become a good corporate citizen and leader.
"I believe that a responsible business professional will always choose the greater good rather than individual success," says Mr. Kara. "And my hope is to follow that."
Mr. Kara was attracted to Trent's Business Administration Program because of its broad focus and attention to not only corporate finance, but to the "triple bottom line" of human, environmental and financial responsibility. He plans to continue his education at the London School of Economics in England and to pursue a career in politics.
Mr. Kara, an Award Laureate of the Canadian Millennium Scholarship in 2003, credits his family members, who are business owners, for sparking his interest in business at a very young age. Since high school, he has been involved in the operation of his family's pharmacy in Vancouver.
Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year established the Futures Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership to honour and mentor 10 young Canadian university business students each year who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their academic and extra-curricular initiatives.
In 1990, The Caldwell Partners founded Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year award program. Its purpose is to identify and provide recognition for outstanding leadership and achievement by a Canadian Chief Executive Officer.
Posted December 2, 2004